department of Conservation and Recreation
2010 Ranger Programs
All Programs are on Saturdays, FREE, and are open to the public. An adult
must accompany children. For more information or for directions call the
Wachusett Reservoir Ranger Station at: (978) 365-3800.
May 1 BEGINNERS BIRDING WALK
8-10 A.M. The walk will include identification and habitat requirements of several bird
species that rely on the clean water of the reservoir in order to survive.
Please wear hiking boots or sneakers. Several bird books and binoculars will
be available but feel free to bring your own. Meet at the Bob’s hotdog
triangle at the intersection of Routes 12 and 140 in West Boylston.
May 8 WAUSHACUM PARK TOUR
10 A.M. Join the Rangers and the Sterling Historic Society for an
approximate mile long walking tour of the site of the former
Waushacum Park. This park was once a number one destination for
company picnics and rail going vacationers. The merry go round,
dance hall, steam boat, and other attractions were dismantled by the
state in the early 1900’s to protect the water quality of the Wachusett
Reservoir. Meet at the Gates Rd. Rail Trail parking lot in Sterling.
June 5 LEARN TO FISH
9-11 A.M. This program will focus on fishing techniques, species that live in the
reservoir, the importance of keeping the water clean (lead and mercury
free), and being an environmentally responsible angler. A group fishing
license as well as fishing poles and tackle will be provided by the Mass.
Department of Fish and Wildlife. Meet at the Old Stone Church on
Beaman Street in West Boylston.
June 19 INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING
9-11 A.M. This program will include an introduction on the basic equipment
needed to get started, basic fly casting lessons, and techniques used for
fly fishing. Rods and ties will be available for use but feel free to bring
your own equipment. At the conclusion participants will have a chance
at using their newly learned skills on the Quinapoxet River. Bring
along waders if you wish to fish above the dam. Meet at the MWRA
Facility, 51 River Rd, West Boylston.
July 24 PROTECTING YOUR WATERSHED
Ever wonder why dogs aren’t allowed on watershed land? Or why
DCR staff harasses seagulls off of the reservoir waters? We will be
here to answer all of your questions and more. Learn about the steps
you can take toward watershed protection and water conservation.
The program will also provide an overview of the primary function of
each section of the DCR Watershed Management Division, a tour of the
MWRA facility, and a water quality demonstration. Meet at the MWRA
Facility, 51 River Road, West Boylston.
August 21 WATERSHED GEOCACHEING EVENT
All are invited for a fun day of Geocaching at the Wachusett
Watershed. Adults and families are welcome to come and locate
caches at historical and scenic locations. Please bring your GPS and a
sense of adventure. The event will be posted on www.geocaching.com.
Meet the Rangers at the DCR Division of Water Supply Headquarters,
180 Beaman St., West Boylston. From there participants will be given
the coordinates to 7 different locations within the watershed. Sites will
vary in terrain so visit as many or as few as you like. Locate them all
and win a prize!
September 11 WACHUSETT RESERVOIR HISTORY
Come and meet the Rangers and hear all about the history behind the
Wachusett Reservoir. Learn how and why the reservoir was
constructed in the Nashua River Valley over 100 years ago. Listen to
spooky legends and fun facts about the reservoir. There will be a
slideshow presentation inside of the Old Stone Church as well as a
display of actual photographs taken before and during the reservoir
construction. Bring a chair along if you would like to sit. Meet at The
Old Stone Church on Beaman Street in West Boylston
September 25 SPRINGDALE MILL DAY
10 A.M. & 1 P.M. RANGER BIKE TOUR
Wachusett Greenways will be hosting their annual Springdale Mill
Day. During this event, the DCR Rangers will be offering an
interpretive bicycle tour of the area. Rangers will take participants on a
bike ride stopping at points of interest along the way to the historic
Springdale Mill site. This program is designed to educate the general
public in the uses, responsibilities, and benefits of living in a protected
watershed. Please bring your own bike, helmet, and water. Meet at
the Mass. Central Rail Trail parking lot in West Boylston.
October 9 NATURE HIKE
10 A.M. Take a hike with Ranger Nate to explore the natural wonders of the
Reservoir. He will lead a 1 ½ hour hike exploring the watershed while
learning why and how the DCR protects the land for water quality.
Please bring comfortable shoes, water, and your questions about the
watershed. Meet at Reservoir Gate 22, Route 140, West Boylston.
October 23 CELLAR HOLES AND STONE WALLS
10A.M. – 12 P.M. The rangers and interpretive staff will lead a guided hike into the
woodlands surrounding the reservoir and will explore the former
homestead sites that once stood in the valley. The rangers will discuss
land use changes, reservoir history, and clean drinking water needs.
Interpretive staff will explore the stonewalls that surround the area and
discuss their history, age, and purpose. Please wear hiking boots or
sneakers. Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Route 110 and
Chase Hill Rd. in Sterling.